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nnnnn suny militants raising the black islamic state flag over ahmadi monday after the iraqi city filled isis over the weekend in the biggest setback of the year for the united states in baghdad , in washington monday u. s. official standing firm on iraq policy even after the devastating loss in which hundreds of iraqi police and soldiers were reported killed state department spokesman jeff radtke there's no denying that this is , a setback but there's also no denying that the united states %HESITATION will help the iraqis take back ramadi reuters editor stuart grudging says the official word is that taking the city back will be up to the iraqis and the emphasizing that they need the iraqi government needs to %HESITATION own this , and play the lead role in in taking ramadi back , ramadi is changed hands repeatedly since islamic states march in a northern and western iraq last year the latest i. s. offensive fueled by multiple coordinated suicide bombings comes just as the u. s. enjoyed one of its greatest successes in the battle against islamic state the delta force raid that killed high ranking i. s. official abu sayyaf begrudging says there's no word the tactics in iraq will be changing so that show that this kind of operation is on the table %HESITATION as an option for obama %HESITATION and can be effective , uh but is also something that comes in the risks if if a u. s. soldier was %HESITATION left behind or wouldn't it , uh it would carry the risk of the u. s. being dragged back in , uh to the iraqi conflict think and it can get very very messy u. s. says it is playing the long game sane islamic state has been pushed back in iraq overall and recent events in ramadi are not to be taken as indicative of the larger fight but the pentagon issued similar re assurances before ramadi fell putting u. s. credibility increasingly on the y. , it wrestles with a , spring offensive that seems to be tilting in islamic , its favor